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What Brett Favre told Greg Jennings about joining the Vikings

Posted by: under Vikings, Packers, Brett Favre Updated: May 30, 2013 - 7:16 PM

Greg Jennings had questions. After seven seasons in Green Bay, the proven receiver knew he was in the mood for a change of atmosphere, for something new and different. And he was seeking to join a team where he would not only be able to produce big numbers but where he would also feel wanted.

But Minnesota? Becoming a Viking? It was a hard thing to envision at first. Ya know, the whole flipping sides in an intense rivalry factor.

Yet as Jennings headed to the Twin Cities in mid-March for his free agent visit, he made the obvious phone call. To Brett Favre.  Who would know more about the Packers-to-Vikings transition than Favre?

So what exactly did Favre tell Jennings about what to expect with the Vikings? That’s what CBS Sports Network’s Jim Rome asked Jennings this week on his TV show “ROME.”

Jennings’ response: “He told me the pros and the cons. Obviously I asked him how it was over here. And he told me some of the things that I would like and dislike. But one of the things that caught my attention was what he said about the people. He said that I would love the organization, I would love the people within the organization. He said the facilities weren’t the best but the people were great. The facilities are what you make of it. That doesn’t make or break my decision and didn’t make or break my decision. But the people would definitely make or break a decision. And the moment I stepped off that plane and met some of the staff, met Mr. Spielman, Coach Frazier, some of the other guys, Coach Musgrave, they were open arms. They were great. They were genuine, they were authentic and it drew me right in.”

So here we are. Jennings is a Viking, almost certain to emerge as Christian Ponder’s top receiver in 2013. And in his visit with Rome this week, Jennings also discussed his desire to feel wanted, his confidence in his new quarterback and his expectations for the team this fall.

Enjoy the video.

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